Fringe hair: All you need to know about bangs hairstyles and how to rock them

All Things Hair | 06 October 2017

Want to try something new with your? Bangs are the way forward!


To fringe or not to fringe… that is question! Overtime, we’ve all faced many a fringe-hair dilemma; wondering what bangs hair look to try and whether or not it will suit us. It’s certainly not a choice to be taken lightly, so doing some thorough research is highly advised.

But luckily for you, we’re jumping in to save the day (and your hair). So, instead of laying waste to all your well-intended hair efforts and pouring over endless pictures of hairstyles with bangs, just sit back, relax and read through our extensive guide of bangs hairstyles and inspiring fringe ideas!

Bangs hair: Your ultimate guide to fabulous fringes


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The centre part never looked so good! Credit:

The centre-parted fringe

Love the idea of a dramatic full fringe, but don’t want the feeling of having most of your face covered all the time? Adding a small twist, like a centre parting, can tone down the harshness of some fringes, while bringing a touch of sweetness and femininity to your style.

Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your fringe hair smooth and sleek, and avoid the dreaded fringe frizz, by using a specially  designed wash and care duo to keep frizzy locks at bay. We love the Alberto Balsam Smooth & Sleek Shampoo and Conditioner to leave hair looking beautiful and feeling silky smooth.

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A long fringe, hair you’ll want to try. Fringe styles you’ll love. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The long fringe

Typically characterised by a strong and wide jaw, those with square face shapes can draw upon the power of bangs hairstyles to softly counteract their powerful features. Long and piecey is the fringe style that works best for square face types, instantly refreshing your whole look by adding a more delicate finish  just like it has for Nicole Richie!

Now, for a low maintenance way to work hairstyles with bangs, we suggest opting for a length that is just below the brow, and asking your stylist to feather in the centre section so that it feels light above your eyes.

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The ultimate style statement – fringe hair with a difference! Credit:

The pixie cut with blunt fringe

Super short hairstyles can look just as good with a fringe hair, and this pixie cut  complete with a full, blunt fringe  just proves it!

Of course, deciding to take the plunge and going for an uber short bangs hair is a brave move – but we’re confident that this bold, sophisticated and super stylish look will help inspire you.

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Jennifer Hudson rocking the dark pixie hair and graphic fringe combo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The graphic fringe

The trick to nailing a fringe when you have a round face, is to opt for a daring, graphic look. Note that this fringe haircut works especially well for thick hair, as it will appear less wispy and more structured.

If you share the same face shape as The Voice UK judge Jennifer Hudson, take a leaf out of her book and create a bangs that serves as a talking point – for all the right reasons, of course.

VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax

Editor’s tip: Add texture to your bangs with a styling wax, like the VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding WaxThis will help give a touchable hold, as well as ensuring that your fringe is looking on-point all day long!

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Rock the side fringe for a sultry twist on the look. Credit:

 The side-swept fringe

To get a lovely, soft finish to your hair, bangs can be swept to the side for a sultry, yet pretty way to rock the look! This is an elegant and flirty way to experiment with fringes and, if kept long enough, can even clip it back when you want to.

Psst: A side-swept fringe works amazingly well for all hair lengths, whether you have ultra-lengthy locks, medium tresses or even a cropped pixie!

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A blunt fringe for a bold look. Credit:

The long full fringe

This fringe hair look is often much easier to maintain than a full, blunt fringe, as it doesn’t need to be super smooth or sleek to look great! Plus you can allow it to grow out naturally and transition into a feathery fringe, and then into a side fringe  you’ll have bangs all year long (yay!).

Ever wondered if you cut your bangs too short? Not with this look! Credit:

Long tresses with full micro fringe

The micro fringe (AKA baby bangs) is seriously cool right now, offering an edgy take on the classic full fringe. This look combines laid-back, beachy waves with a just-above-the-brow, full micro fringe, that just oozes effortless, cool-girl vibes.

Whether it’s a new fringe you’re after or you’re battling hair boredom, this look is sure to shake things up for your style!.


Loving these fringe ideas? Still not sure if you’re willing to part with your hair? Bangs needn’t be scary, because you can simply fake it ’til you make it with our faux fringe step-by-step tutorial, below!


Faux bangs hair updo: A step-by-step guide

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Prep hair and create a half ponytail.

To make your faux fringe look really realistic, you’ll want it to appear full and thick, so begin by washing your hair with a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner.

We suggest using the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Shampoo and Conditioner, before blow-drying your hair straight.

Once your hair is dry, section your tresses from behind your ears and gather the front section into a super high ponytail.

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Flip your ponytail forward.

Now flip your ponytail forward so that the hair falls onto your face. Then, pull your hair back to roughly position your fake bangs where you want them, before using bobby pins to secure the hair near the base of your ponytail.

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Arrange your fringe.

After you’ve roughly pinned your faux bangs in place, you can go in and arrange them more neatly.

Using a comb, sweep the majority of the hair to one side of your face, and the rest to the opposite side – this will create the illusion of a deep parted fringe.

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Create a second ponytail.

Next, gather the rest of your loose hair into a high ponytail – this should sit just underneath the first one – and secure it in place with a hairband.

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Wrap your bandana.

Take a printed bandana or headband and wrap it around your head, so that it sits behind your fringe and on top of your bobby pins. This way, your bandana will conceal your little hair secret!

Tip: Opt for a colourful, patterned bandana, that clashes with your hair hue for a fun and playful look!

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Section and tease your ponytail.

Now come back to your second ponytail: working layer by layer, tease your ponytail for added volume and texture!


Create a top knot.

Wrap the teased hair around the remains of your first ponytail, until you’ve created a messy top knot.

Once you’ve formed your top knot, pin it in place with some bobby pins and gently tug at the hair to add to the undone aesthetic.

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Set with hairspray.

For the finishing touch, give your look a once over with the VO5 Classic Styling Firm Hold Hairspray, as this will help to keep your faux bangs hair updo in place all day!

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Final look.

And just like that, you’ve faked your way to a stunning thick fringe – we won’t tell if you don’t!


Still need more bangs inspiration to get you on your way? Then just get on over to our Bangs & Fringes pages for all the tips and advice you could possibly need from our lovely editors!

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